10 Important Accessories a New Jeep Owner Needs for the Trail

10 important accessories new jeep owner Most of the Customers we help at Morris 4x4 Center are Jeep diehards through and through. They live it day and night like us. Many have been driving Jeeps all their lives. But new people join the Jeep family every day. It doesn't matter if it's a brand new Wrangler JK off the showroom floor, or an older CJ-Series they put back together, the first thing they want to do it get that baby on the trail and enjoy the great outdoors. We get emails and talk to Customers all the time about setting up for their first venture on a trail. It might be just a day trip into a national park or a week in the New Mexico desert. But for first timers, it's something they've looked forward ever since they could say the word Jeep. We've been discussing the topic with our expert technical people here at Morris 4x4 Center on what Customers should take on such an adventure. They're experts on Jeeps, off-roading, as well as survival, and deal with these questions every day. Here are some of their top suggestions to keep your Jeep rolling, and help you make it back home safe and sound. First Aid - Anything can happen. That's why they call them accidents. You're also out in the open, miles from anywhere. Wild animals, like rattlesnakes, don't care who you are. We carry a compact convenient Smittybilt First Aid Storage Bag, so there's no excuse not to take one. Pack it with standard medical supplies, things that you need for the environment you are trailing in. Check with any passengers that are going with you: do they have medications they need to take? Are they diabetic? Do they have any allergies? Pack those supplies up too. Put it all in this one bag, and let everyone that's going with you know where the bag is stowed and what's in it before you leave. In an emergency, it won't do you any good if you're the only one that knows you brought it along. Tow Ropes - Sometimes unexpected things come up on  the trail. Anyone can get stuck, even in a Jeep. We recommend a good tow rope, like one of our Bubba Ropes. If you are trailing with other vehicles, they might get stuck and you need to rescue them, so keep at least one or two with you. They are light and easy to store. We also carry Kinetic Recovery Straps.  The elasticity in a snatch strap is what makes it such an essential piece of recovery gear. The kinetic energy generated by the elasticity aids with the recovery of the vehicle itself, while at the same time reducing the likelihood of vehicle damage. If you are not used to using tow ropes, the Kinetic Strap can be a better choice. D-Rings / Tow Hooks - These are essential on any Jeep. A tow rope is good, but you need a tow hook so you can connect that rope or strap up to something. The time to check you Jeep is before you leave. Are your hooks and D-rings in good condition? The last thing you want to do is get stuck and find out you have a weak or rusted hook, that can break in a critical situation. We sell a variety of styles and tow hooks for every occasion. Also, you don't have to rely on just the factory hooks and D-rings. You can add extra ones to several locations on your Jeep to give you even more leverage in a difficult situation when you're stuck. Fire Extinguisher - Fire is an issue, especially in the middle of nowhere, because it's effects can be devastating. Many new Jeep owners don't think they need one, after all, it's a brand new vehicle, what could happen? But an extinguisher is needed for several reasons. Yes, you could get an unusual electrical fire, maybe under the hood. If you have an older Jeep with a carburetor, that might cause a fuel leak, or while trailing, you break a fuel line underneath. If fuel comes in contact with a muffler, that might cause a fire. Another reason is you might be camping. If the campfire gets away from you, it could cause a major forest fire, so a fire extinguisher comes in handy. Most new extinguishers are small and can be stowed or mounted just about anywhere on a Jeep. We carry several kinds of mounts to keep your extinguisher safe and in place. One of our popular choices is our Warrior Holder with Hand Grip. Shovel - You can almost call this the universal tool for Jeeps and trailing. It can help when you get stuck obviously, but can also used in various camping chores and minor work duties. In a pinch, it can be a defensive instrument. We recommend our Smittybilt Survival Kit. It includes a Trail Axe as well and makes a great combination. The shovel is a folding military style, so it's compact yet rugged. Hi-Lift Jack - The Hi-Lift Jacks are a rugged, highly versatile jack that puts you in command of situations requiring lifting, pushing, pulling, winching, and clamping. Depending on the situation out on the trails, you may not be able to use your stock jack. Note that the Hi-Lift jack is not just for changing a tire. It can be used as a clamping device when using a winch, to help get you out of a tight situation if you're stuck. Hi-Lift Jacks are also used by the U.S. military, everywhere in the world, where survival is most important. Winch - If you are hitting the trails or desert with other Jeep folks, then getting stuck is probably not to big of a deal. They can help pull you out. But if you alone, or separated from your group, and you get stuck, you'll be in a world of trouble. We recommend a good Jeep winch to get you out of those situations. A good winch is a serious accessory to purchase for your Jeep, we understand that, but it can also be one of the most important. You won't find many Jeeps that go off road without one. At Morris 4x4 Central, we carry a wide range of winches for all kinds of different style Jeeps and budgets. Adding a winch to your Jeep can mean the difference between getting home or getting stuck. Lighting - Out in the open, away from civilization, brings a whole new meaning to the word "dark", Especially on a moonless night. Depending on the area you're in, you may have a lot of wildlife around. If you're driving, you need more lighting to prevent hitting something, such as a moose of deer, and to prevent you coming up on a situation that can get you stuck. More lighting isn't just a fad accessory. It's something you need in a real world situation. We carry several high quality brands of lighting for Jeeps, such as KC, PIAA, HELLA, and others. Sandtrack - The Bushranger Sandtrack was designed for getting unstuck out of the sand, mud, or anything else you would need more traction under your tires. It's especially useful for desert areas where there may not be any vegetation or anything else to hook a winch up to. These are light, easy to stow, and can get you out of some bad situations. Recovery Bumper / Rock Crawlers - Changing the bumper on a Jeep is almost a necessity. The front bumper especially has so many uses, it's a lot more than just a "bumper" like on a car. First of all, you need something to attach your new winch to. Something strong and rugged. Luckily, at Morris 4x4 Center, we carry a wide variety of the best bumpers ever made. Ready and able to handle winches, powerful lighting, D-clamps, and much more. Well, there you have it. That about rounds out our 10 choices. There are many other products we carry that can make hitting the trail with your favorite Jeep a better and safer experience, but the list above goes to the head of the list. We also want to mention that you should take the normal supplies, such as water, maps, maybe extra fuel containers, things that can be specific for your personal adventure. And don't forget the trash bags and ziploc bags, to make sure you leave the wilderness clean, and the way you found it, so it will stay a great place for other Jeep trailblazers to enjoy. Happy Trails! from all of us here at Morris 4x4 Central.     position not Found
10 important accessories new jeep owner Most of the Customers we help at Morris 4x4 Center are Jeep diehards through and through. They live it day and night like us. Many have been driving Jeeps all their lives. But new people join the Jeep family every day. It doesn't matter if it's a brand new Wrangler JK off the showroom floor, or an older CJ-Series they put back together, the first thing they want to do it get that baby on the trail and enjoy the great outdoors. Read more ...

I Spy: Possible New 2014 Jeep J8 Scrambler Prototype

This Jeep Wrangler was recently spied on at Chrysler’s headquarters. The vehicle appears to have the extended wheelbase of the Unlimited, with only two doors. It looks like a Jeep pickup, or a conversion using the Mopar pickup-bed kit with a Jeep Wrangler JK soft top. It’s possible that this is a Jeep Wrangler pickup (or Jeep Scrambler) prototype. The Jeep J8, a beefed-up Wrangler Unlimited assembled in Cairo, was created awhile back for fleet use by governments and other agencies, for use in demanding conditions; there is a high-roof ambulance version as well as the standard roofless and hard-top J8. While Chrysler has generally shown the J8 with four doors, a two-door version could also be useful in some applications. The J8′s predecessor had two doors with the extended wheelbase, for a similar profile. With a closer look at the prototype, the wheel base seems to be extended and does not appear to be a Mopar pickup-bed kit. The Jeep prototype also looks to have  factory rear rake (higher ride height in the rear) for towing. The CJ8 Scramble was and still is such a highly prized Jeep among collectors and Jeepers. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jeep/Chrysler come out with a 2014 Jeep J8/Scrambler. Throw in the 3.0L 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel engine and this could be the best idea ever! position not Found
This Jeep Wrangler was recently spied on at Chrysler’s headquarters. The vehicle appears to have the extended wheelbase of the Unlimited, with only two doors. It looks like a Jeep pickup, or a conversion using the Mopar pickup-bed kit with a Jeep Wrangler JK soft top. It’s possible that this is a Jeep Wrangler pickup (or Jeep Scrambler) prototype. Read more ...

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Starting this week Morris 4x4 Center will be giving away Free Shipping on all Bestop Items. From Soft tops to Hood Applique's. Bestop has got something for everyone. Offer Ends on 12/12/12 and there is no minimum purchase required! Morris 4x4 Center is proud to be one of Bestop’s biggest distributors. Bestop has been the factory original supplier to DaimlerChrysler for Jeep® soft tops since 1986. Bestop utilizes the finest materials and adhere to the factory original specifications for fit, function, style and craftsmanship of their products. Jeep All Weather Trail Covers By Bestop The All Weather Trail Cover protects the windshield and interior of your Jeep from the harsh effects of sun, wind and snow. Door opening protection flaps are a new feature offered this year. Adjustable straps are designed to provide a snug, tight fit over our other accessories, and ensure affordable protection from the elements. (Shop Bestop Trail Covers) Bestop Jeep Seat Covers When it comes to Jeep seat covers, fit is everything. Bestop Jeep seat covers fit perfectly and feature a durable knot backing to help resist slippage. Protect your front seats against the elements or cover those that have fallen victim to them with Bestops seat covers. Bestop seat covers are custom designed to fit the sleek contours of the factory seat. Your seats will have that re-upholstered look at a fraction of the price. Produced from rugged knit-backed automotive grade vinyl material, our seat covers are available in a variety of colors to perfectly match your interior and soft top. (Shop Bestop Seat Covers) Bestop Halftop Jeep Soft Top The Bestop Halftop combines the best features of the popular Bikini, Windjammer and Duster Deck Cover to completely seal off the cockpit from exposure to the elements. Convenient fold back sunroof for open-air driving enjoyment. Hardware on select applications is treated & powder-coated for rust resistance for long life. Tailgate bar allows tailgate to open without opening rear window for trouble-free access.  Kit includes hardware. (Shop Bestop Halftop Soft Tops) Bestop Jeep Window Kits Bestop offers a number of door and window kits. The Tinted Window Kits offer relief from the sun. Upper Door Sliders with sliding glass windows, Half Doors which repel dirt and debris and Mesh Window Kits allow your soft top breath. Our Tinted and Mesh Window Kits consist of two sides and one rear window and all door kits are sold in pairs. (Shop Bestop Window Kits) Bestop Trektop NX Jeep Soft Top Bestop's new, improved "bowless" top. The Trektop NX features removable windows, factory style-door surrounds, Sunrider sunroof features, and factory-style header bar. The Trektop NX takes away the top bows and frames, and uses the Wrangler sports bars to give it shape and support. This gives the top a fastback or "hatchback" look that's stylish. (Shop Bestop Soft Tops) Bestop Supertop NX Jeep Soft Top Supertop NX Complete Top with OEM Style Hardware. Bestop's Factory Style Soft top complete with factory style door surrounds, factory style windshield channel, sailcloth fabric, and tinted windows. PLUS, a Top Arch to support the fabric, quick release bow knuckles for tool-less top removal, and a new adjustable plate to maintain the supertop's toughness.(Shop Bestop Soft Tops) Bestop Highrock 4X4 High Access Front Bumper The High Access Front Bumper is designed for ultimate clearance for off road adventures. Tough, winch-ready construction makes it suitable for any adventure or misadventure you get into. Add the optional approach roller: designed to help you get up and over every obstacle. Optional Tubular Grill Guard protects both the grill and headlights and is available in textured black or stainless steel. No Drill required for installation. (Shop Bestop Bumpers)   Other Bestop Items: Paddle Handles, Snap Repair Kits, Hood Applique, Quick Release Bow Knuckle, Hood Latch Kits, Tailgate Bar Kits, Padded Armrest, Dash Kit Bestop, Truck Accessories, Door Surround Kit, Cleaners & Protectants, Door Jackets RoughRider, Saddle Bags, Replacement Mirrors, Locking Under Seat Storage Box, Jeep Sports Bar Covers Headliners, Tire Covers, Windshield Channels, All Weather Trail Covers, Jeep Doors, Overhead Racks Seat Covers, Sound Bar Cap Modular, Rack System, Jeep Entry Guard Rocker Trim, Jeep PowerBoard, Fender Flares, Slider Step, Element Doors, Jeep Soft Tops
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Starting this week Morris 4x4 Center will be giving away Free Shipping on all Bestop Items. From Soft tops to Hood Applique's. Bestop has got something for everyone. Offer Ends on 12/12/12 and there is no minimum purchase required! Read more ...

Jeep Differential Identifier

I seem to get this question a lot. What kind of differential do i have and how do i know what I have exactly. When it comes to getting the right axles or either the correct differential rebuild kit for your Jeep. I Hope this will help everyone in identifying their set up. Differential Covers And Skid Plates position not Found
I seem to get this question a lot. What kind of differential do i have and how do i know what I have exactly. When it comes to getting the right axles or either the correct differential rebuild kit for your Jeep. I Hope this will help everyone in identifying their set up. Differential Covers And Skid Plates

“New 2015 Mini Jeep Will Not Damage The Brand’s Tough Image.”

“A new mini Jeep will not damage the brand’s tough image.” Says Jeep president Mike Manley, who also said that at least one version of its upcoming micro Jeep will be ‘trail-rated’. The new model will take on models like the Skoda Yeti and upcoming Ford EcoSport in a new sub-small SUV segment when it arrives in 2015. The new mini Jeep will be produced in both Rhd (right hand drive) and Lhd (left hand drive). Various reports had suggested the baby Jeep would be built off the same base as the Fiat Panda, but Manley said that was not the case. It will be based off a Fiat platform. Being a smaller chassis, will that entail a smaller engine as well? A lot of questions remain unanswered. Originally the mini Jeep was going to be only sold in Europe but with European sales down 35% it might be possible to see this model come to North America. The platform was not developed for off-road work, but Jeep is spending the money to make sure it can make it a reasonable distance off road. “The base technology comes from existing platforms within Fiat. Then Fiat engineers and Jeep engineers make all of the appropriate changes to make a Jeep and that’s very important. We can do that because the way the technology has changed in the last few years in the way that we can do power take off units, how we can incorporate AWD, how we can do axle disconnects, all of those things. If we can’t make it trail-rated we won’t make it,” Manley said.  Mike Mainly seems determined to keep the Jeep spirit with this mini version, but the actual ability of the finished product will tell its true potential.   position not Found
“A new mini Jeep will not damage the brand’s tough image.” Says Jeep president Mike Manley, who also said that at least one version of its upcoming micro Jeep will be ‘trail-rated’. The new model will take on models like the Skoda Yeti and upcoming Ford EcoSport in a new sub-small SUV segment when it arrives in 2015. Read more ...

I Spy A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The big changes for 2014 are under the Jeep Grand Cherokee's hood. The new 3.0-liter V6 diesel for the US market should be good for about 237 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Cherokee will also get a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. A few other updates are in store for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee body as well. Up front, new headlights with LED running lamps flow into a new front fascia design with a smaller seven-slat grille and some curvy bodywork that flows up underneath the headlamp clusters. Revisions have been made to the Jeep's lower front end; it isn’t much different than the current model. At the back, subtle tweaks have been made to the tail lamps (LEDs have been added), and the tailgate has been slightly redesigned. Cant wait to see this at the Detroit Auto-show. Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive position not Found
The big changes for 2014 are under the Jeep Grand Cherokee's hood. The new 3.0-liter V6 diesel for the US market should be good for about 237 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Cherokee will also get a new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. Read more ...